A small recording of virtually anything that can be used and reused and reused one or more times within a song. Samples can be recordings of instruments or voices. A person may speak or sing. They can have melody or rhythm. They can have sounds or music. They can be recorded or created by electronic means. They can be altered or unmodified. They can be layered or looped. They can be slowed down or fast forwarded. They can be used in hip-hop or in EDM. Imagination is our guide here.